Where B1G recuits rank in latest ESPN 300

Our friends at ESPN Recruiting have issued a new version of the ESPN 300 (and ESPN 150), as national signing day (Feb. 6) gets closer and closer.

Let's see where Big Ten verbal commitments appear in the latest rankings.

Some thoughts: Michigan and Ohio State are clearly ahead of the pack in recruiting, which comes as no surprise. Michigan has the most recruits (14) in the ESPN 300 of any Big Ten team, but Ohio State has more high-level prospects with three in the top 50 (Woodard, Burrows and Bosa). Penn State, while limited with its scholarships because of NCAA sanctions, also has landed some high-level prospects like Hackenberg and Breneman. Nebraska has a bigger presence toward the end of the ESPN 300, as does Michigan State. Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin don't have a huge presence here, but Alviti, Etling and Clement are all potential centerpieces. Three Big Ten teams -- Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota -- don't have a player ranked.

The good news: plenty of top uncommitted prospects remain available.